Items tagged with Chromebook

School is in session, and Lenovo hopes to be the dean of academics. The company just announced its biggest lineup of education laptops and convertibles ever, including both Windows notebooks and Chrome OS Chromebooks, with prices starting as low as $219. These new offerings bring vary feature-sets to the table, such as multi-mode form factors, and each one is ruggedized and MIL-SPEC tested. Sitting at the bottom of the stack is the Lenovo 100e. There are two versions, one with Windows and the other a Chromebook. The Windows version sports "up to" an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake processor and up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It also has up... Read more...
Some factoids have surfaced over the last few days that signal Samsung is expensing its presences in the Chromebook market with a very cool new device. This device is reportedly by the codename "Nautilus" and some details about the tablet have been confirmed recently thanks to a comment in the Chromium Repositories. The comment laid out Samsung's plans clearly and read "…so the component used on samsung nautilus project could have the mipi camera support." The comment also shed some light on what sort of camera would be used inside the Samsung device, and it's a fancy camera sensor (for a Chromebook). Specifically, the Sony IMX258 sensor will be used inside Nautilus, which is the same... Read more...
Today's Chromebooks appeal to many consumers thanks to their low price of entry and lightweight form-factor. The big downside of the Chromebook is that you are limited to what software you can run on the machines; much more so than a typical Windows-based laptop.  If part of the software you were missing on a Chromebook that kept you from making the leap was Microsoft Office, we've got some good news for you today. When the first Android compatible Chromebooks came out, some were able to run Office apps, and some weren't. Reports also indicate that Office Apps would show up for some Chromebooks and then disappear. The only device that seems to consistently have access to working Office... Read more...
Google has taken the low-cost PC market by storm with Chrome OS, which has allowed budget Chromebook devices to flood the market. While consumers have been snapping up the machines due to their attractive pricing, educational institutions have also embraced the devices for obvious reasons (including easy management). Lenovo was an early believer in Chromebooks and is fleshing out its lineup with the addition of the Flex 11 Chromebook. As its name implies, this Chromebook has an 11.6-inch IPS HD display with an added twist. It features a 360-degree hinge that allows the multi-touch display to be positioned in watch, tent, laptop and tablet modes. You won’t find a power-sapping x86 processor... Read more...
Even with Microsoft and its hardware partners blitzing the market with increasingly affordable Windows laptops as of late, Chromebooks do not seem to be going anywhere. Just the opposite, established players are getting release new models. That includes ASUS. While nothing has been officially announced yet, what looks to be a successor to the company's Chromebook Flip made an appearance on Newegg recently.The listing is no longer online, but as we often say, there are no mulligans on the web. What appeared on Newegg's website was an ASUS Chromebook with the model number C302CA. Like the original Chromebook Flip, press renderings of the new model show the display folding all the way back on itself... Read more...
Google is giving Chromebook owners a new way to unlock their laptops, one that Windows users have been taking advantage of for over a year now. It's the ability to sign in to Chrome OS using a PIN code. Previously if someone wanted to lock down their Chromebook, they'd need to use their Google account password or pair it with a smartphone. The third option was revealed by Google developer and self-proclaimed "Happy Evangelist" François Beaufort, who stated on his Google+ page that this is an experimental feature that's currently being tested in the latest Dev update. "All you have to do is enable the flag chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin, restart Chrome, and go to Chrome Material Design settings... Read more...
Google is making its Chrome OS platform even more appealing thanks to the arrival of the Google Play Store and Android apps. Officially announced at Google I/O, Android apps leverage touch screen displays on Chromebooks an integrate seamlessly with the Chrome OS interface. While ASUS was the first Chromebook to officially support Android apps with the Flip, Hewlett-Packard is tossing its hat into the ring today with the announcement of the Chromebook 11 G5. The Chromebook 11 G5 is HP’s first 11.6-inch-class Chromebook that is available with an IPS HD touch screen display. If you’re familiar with low-end Chromebook devices, then you won’t be surprised to see a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor... Read more...
Google just added a new feature to Chrome OS -- the company is experimenting with adding a storage manager that has been added to the latest developer update of the software. This update comes on the heels of the addition of Android apps and games to Chromebook devices. When Chromebooks were initially released, they only came with 16GB of storage. The idea was that apps and user files would exist primarily online. Google has increasingly added offline features such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Newer Chromebooks will soon be running Android apps from Google Play offline.Chromebook users will be able to see their total capacity, free space, and space used on their devices.... Read more...
The moment all Chromebook users have been waiting for has arrived! Well, at least those sporting ASUS Flip Chromebooks, as that seems to be the first destination for added support for apps found through Google's Play Store. If you're rocking an ASUS Flip, you'll need to enable the development channel in order to gain access, so it's not quite "public" yet. We first learned of Google's Chromebook Play Store plans way back in April, which came to us in the form of a rumor. A mere month later, Google confirmed the feature at its I/O developer conference. Fast forward less than a month, and the ASUS Flip becomes the first Chromebook to enable the feature. The fact that the ASUS Flip becomes the first... Read more...
When the first reports surfaced that Google was getting close to enabling the ability to run nearly the entire library of Android apps on Chromebooks, our interests were piqued. When Google made the announcement official, our excitement intensified. However, we hadn’t really gotten a glimpse at how the two distinct app environments would mesh — until now. Thanks to a video recently posted from Google I/O, we now are able to see just how Android apps coexist in the Chrome OS environment. And from the looks of things, Google has a real game-changer on its hands. The demo lasts just under 25 minutes and provides a good overview of not only how you load apps onto your Chromebook from the Play Store,... Read more...
It’s getting harder for Microsoft to ignore the growing market for low-cost Chromebook computers. Microsoft is looking to beat back the rebel insurgency by partnering with OEMs to crank out economical Windows 10 notebooks and convertibles — even if those OEMs have already given in to the “dark side”, like Acer. To that end, Acer has announced two new 2-in-1 laptops that pack plenty of features, yet won’t break the bank when you’re ready to pull the trigger on a purchase. And as you might expect, both machines are running Windows 10. The Switch One 10 and Switch V 10 both features 10.1-inch IPS displays, Intel Atom processors and can be equipped with either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. The... Read more...
If as a child you told your parents you wanted to be a bug hunter when you grow up, they'd probably dismiss the notion before telling you to go wash your hands before supper. But had you stuck with it, you could now show your parents just how lucrative it is to hunt bugs—programming bugs, that is. In fact, you can collect a cool $100,00 for rooting out a specific type of bug in Chromebooks. That's the new top reward for discovering a persistent compromise of a Chromebook in guest mode (i.e. guest to guest persistence with interim reboot, delivered via a web page). Google previously tried to tempt security researchers with a $50,000 top prize, but since introducing the reward, it hasn't a received... Read more...
ASUS designed its new Chromebook C202 to be a particularly tough computer, and with good reason: the Chromebooks are headed to classrooms across the U.S. Rough treatment is to be expected and the occasional drop to a tile floor is a given. After performing what it describes as “military-grade” testing, ASUS thinks it has a laptop rugged enough for school. The Chromebook C202 features an 11.6-inch anti-glare display at 1366 x 768. That’s not much screen real estate, but not unexpected for a student laptop. The system is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 and integrated Intel HD graphics, along with either 2GB or 4GB of LP DDR3 1066Mhz memory, depending on the option a school selects.... Read more...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) caused quite a stir this week when it alleged that Google is using its Chromebook platform, which has made a significant impact in the education sector, to snoop on students. The charges were damning, with the EFF claiming that Google was violating its own corporate policies and using students’ personally identifiable browsing data/habits to refine its services, in addition to sharing that data with partners. "EFF bases this petition on evidence that Google is engaged in collecting, maintaining, using, and sharing student personal information in violation of the 'K-12 School Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy' (Student Privacy Pledge),... Read more...
Most Chromebooks that hit the market don't tend to impress by way of their specs, and there's a good reason for it: most of them are inexpensive. But, inexpensive doesn't have to equal boring, something Toshiba's upcoming Chromebook 2 easily proves. At the forefront, this new Chromebook will feature Intel's 5th-gen Core processors, aka Broadwell, which in addition to providing a performance boost also delivers improved battery life (8.5-hours, in this notebook). The $329.99 model features a Celeron processor, while the $429.99 uses Core i3. Neither are high-performance in the grand scheme, but both should suit the needs of most Chromebook users. Other perks of the Chromebook 2 include a 1080p... Read more...
When I hear the word Chromebook, I first think of cheap plastic machines that are geared more towards A) consumers that don’t mind operating in a mostly cloud-centric environment or B) school children. But Chromebooks are also increasingly finding a home in the business sector, and companies like Dell are more than happy to address that growing market. That’s where Dell’s Chromebook 13 comes into play, targeting businesses that have not only fully embraced Chrome OS, but also want a premium machine that will stand up to abuse from employees that are continually on the go. Dell delivers with the Chromebook 13, giving it an aluminum base, a magnesium alloy palm rest and a carbon fiber weave cover.... Read more...
At long last, the Asus Chromebook Flip C100 is reaching online retailers. The tiny Chromebook has been getting plenty of attention since Asus first began teasing the device earlier this year. Chromebooks aren’t for everyone, but the Flip C100 looks to be (on paper, at least) an attractive choice for people willing to part with the Windows operating system. The Flip C100 is a tiny convertible that can be used in traditional laptop mode, flipped for tablet mode, or propped in stand or tent positions. The 10.1-inch screen is a 1280x800 IPS display with multi-touch support and Asus’ own touch technology, which is meant to improve the accuracy of the display when it comes to swiping and tapping. The... Read more...
Many of us are no doubt frustrated with our televisions, convinced that they simply aren't contributing enough to earn their keep, acting only as passive entertainment and information delivery conduits and occasionally as defacto babysitters for our kids (or defacto — and never argumentative — friends for ourselves). We feel they should be doing more to warrant the prime real estate they occupy in our living rooms, dens, playrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens...right? Thankfully, the new Asus Chromebit will be available in the summer of 2015 to help rectify the situation, ready to transform our TVs into big flat panel computers running Google Chrome OS and thus make them more productive... Read more...
Google's Play store has never been much of a looker, and in fact, I'd still call it outright "boring". That's especially the case with the devices section -- it's always struck me as being uninspired, and it did little to persuade a purchase. Well, with Google's product choices growing, the company pulled the trigger on the overdue makeover. Google didn't just revamp the devices section at the Play Store, however; it spun it off into an entirely new site, simply called store.google.com. Here, you can peruse a heap of products related to Android, whether it be phones, tablets, TV & video, Chromebooks, Android Wear, Nest, or accessories. Overall, the site is modern and enjoyable to peruse,... Read more...
Google has just rolled-out a long-awaited update to Chrome OS that will allow administrators to disable devices in the event that they're stolen. This kind of security feature isn't new, of course, and even Google's Android platform has supported it for a while. But as it's been missing on Chrome OS, Chromebook adoption could have been a little stifled -- at least on the enterprise side of things. Google's Chromium evangelist François Beaufort reports, "Admins can now place lost or stolen Chrome OS devices in a disabled state right from their web-based management console and display a custom message on the disabled device screens.". The keyword in that statement is "Admins", as this feature... Read more...
As CES kicks off this year, we're seeing a number of new products from companies that focus on two critical markets: ultramobile computer hardware and high-end enthusiast equipment. Acer is one of the first companies to announce its CES lineup, and it's revealing new hardware in multiple segments.  New 15.6-inch, Core M Laptops Acer is leading with announcements regarding its new, 15-inch Chromebook hardware with an integrated 1920x1080 display. The company already offers several 13.3-inch options with a high-end 1080p panel, but all of these are powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 rather than an Intel processor. The upcoming Chromebook 15 will be available... Read more...
The blurring of the lines between Android and Chrome OS are becoming, well, a little more blurred. We say that because Google's software gurus are injecting another piece of Android into Chromebooks -- the piece we're talking about is the "OK Google" voice command. Just as you can summon Google's gods of Internet of search by issuing the command on your Android handset, you'll be able to do the same on a Chromebook. Google's François Beaufort announced the upcoming feature update in a Google+ post. Beaufort, who works on Google's Chromium open-source browser, said that Chromebook support for the "OK Google" command is only included in Dev Channel builds at the moment, though from the excitement... Read more...
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